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DOHA Jan 14 French reactor maker firm Areva
CEPFi.PA on Monday signed a 470 million euro ($698.7 million)
electricity distribution and transmission (T&D) deal with Qatar,
French power giant EDF (EDF.PA) also signed a memorandum
with Qatar "to engage discussions on cooperations in the areas
of nuclear power production and renewable energy generation,"
according to a document made available to Reuters.
Sources close to the situation told Reuters on Friday that
Areva would sign a T&D deal worth between 300 million euros and
500 million euros with Qatar.
Both contracts coincide with a visit by French President
Nicolas Sarkozy to the Middle Eastern region.
"In the nuclear sector, discussions will be initially on an
assistance agreement for a study of feasibility and
acceptability study," officials from Sarkozy's office said.
As part of the memorandum, EDF will also examine with Qatar
Petroleum International investment opportunities in the gas
Sarkozy was in Saudi Arabia on Sunday and will visit the
United Arab Emirates on Tuesday where he is expected to sign
another nuclear cooperation agreement.
Areva, Suez LYOE.PA and Total (TOTF.PA) are also seen
signing a multi-billion dollar contract to develop two
new-generation nuclear reactors in Abu Dhabi.
(Reporting by Emmanuel Jarry; Writing by Marie Maitre in Paris;
Editing by Quentin Bryar)